A special ceremony was held on Oct. 22 recognizing Montana's CIO, Dick Clark. The National Association of State Chief Information Officers (NASCIO) awarded Clark with a Meritorious Service Award to honor his leadership and dedication. The success of NASCIO has been in large part due to the hard work and commitment of people like Dick Clark, the organization stated in a press release.

Clark was hired in Montana in 2005 as the state's second CIO. He was responsible for establishing statewide IT infrastructure. Clark conceived and materialized the idea of a four-state cloud-based storage solution that Montana, Oregon, Utah and Colorado ended up sharing.

Dick Clark's achievements were also recognized by Government Technology in March as he was named one of the top 25 public officials for his ability to overcome challenging barriers such as tight budgets, organizational inertia and tricky politics.

"It is my honor to present Dick with this notable award," said Dugan Petty, NASCIO president and outgoing CIO of Oregon. "Dick was challenged with overcoming historical barriers and, through demonstrating powerful policy collaboration and business case, proved to be a catalyst for cultural change."